Saturday, January 16, 2021

Felicity Huffman Released Early From College Admissions Case Prison Sentence

You’re not going to believe this. Wait, who are we kidding? Yes you are going to believe that … after only 11 days of a 14-day sentence, Felicity Huffman is already out!

The actress was released from prison on Friday after serving what many are calling a slap on the wrist for her role in the nationwide college admissions cheating case.

Before you get all worked up over her “early” release, the reality is that it is normal policy for inmates who are set to be released over the weekend, so says a prison official. Huffman’s reps did not immediately respond for comment.

If it seems like it was just last week when Huffman first entered prison to begin her sentence, it that exactly when it happened. She reported to prison on Oct. 15 at the Federal Correctional Institute in Dublin, California.

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Here’s more from TheWrap:

The actress was sentenced to 14 days last month by Judge Indira Talwani in a Boston federal court. Federal prosecutors had recommended a one-month sentence. She still has one year of probation and must pay a $30,000 fine.

Huffman, along with actress Lori Loughlin, was arrested in March as part of a nationwide college admissions cheating case. In total, the people arrested were charged with paying bribes of up to $6 million to get their children into top universities like Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and USC in what authorities described as the “largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice.”

In May, Huffman pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. At that time, federal prosecutors recommended a four month sentence.

Huffman and her spouse — “Shameless” star William H. Macy, who was not charged — made a charitable donation of $15,000 to participate in a college entrance exam cheating scheme led by Rick Singer, on behalf of her oldest daughter. Huffman had initially planned to do the same thing for her youngest daughter, before backing out.

 

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